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Annual KinderCaminata event takes over Fullerton College

The Hornet community welcomed children, teachers and parents from surrounding areas to create excitement for kindergartners to become interested in a college education.
Bryan Chavez
Fullerton College Science Club created C02 geysers with soda and mentos in the quad for the kindergartners from Anaheim Elementary School during KinderCaminata on Friday, April 12.

Smiling with Buzzy. Dancing to music in the quad. Running up and down the soccer pitch at Sherbeck Field. These sights and sounds were on full display as a bustling Fullerton College hosted their yearly KinderCaminata on Friday morning.

Each year, FC invites many different elementary schools from Anaheim, La Habra, and Fullerton for the event, hosting over 1,000 children along with teachers and parents. Many students and faculty members volunteer to help with the event and guide the children around campus to the different activity stations that are set up.

“The purpose of the event is to introduce college to kindergarten students but also plant that seed, so they can grow up and know what college is,” said Itzel Marin, Cadena Cultural Center program assistant.

Kindergartners from Anaheim Elementary roam free on Sherbeck Field right before their lunch break. (Bryan Chavez )

The event was created 25 years ago to celebrate the life of Cesar Chavez and is traditionally aimed to be held near Cesar Chavez Day in March. Many other community colleges in the state host similar events all for the same purpose.

This event is in honor of Chavez’s famous motto “Si, se puede!” which translates to “Yes, you can,” to show the children in their early stages of education that higher education is a possibility.

Each year, student volunteers welcomed the cheerful kindergarten children and adults to campus. The children were given bright neon string backpacks that they will carry around with them throughout the day, filling them with different snacks and souvenirs taken from the activity stations.

The student volunteer or “Kinder Buddy” guides the different schools around the campus to the different activity stations assigned to them. The kindergartners will then spend 15 minutes at each station, interacting with the departments while learning more about the station’s subject.

Fullerton College’s Horticulture department gave kindergarten students a sense of what it is like to work in the “green industry.” (Bryan Chavez)

“It just gets them thinking ahead of time and lets them explore their interests and what they like to do,” said sophomore Hannah Hernandez, a volunteer and sociology major. “Also, just gives them a break away from whatever they’re doing and allows them to have fun and like college.”

Over 200 students and faculty volunteered to help with the different activity stations and assist the groups of kindergarten classes around campus.

“We encourage students from different programs such as the Grads to Be Program, Puente Program, LGBTQIA+, Outreach Program, and other programs throughout campus to be at the event,” said Marin. “We connected with them and we invited scholars and student assistants.”

Over 40 different activity stations were set up around campus, from the football field to the quad and surrounding buildings. These subjects range from history, sports, and science. All stations had hands-on activities that were related to a career or field of study that Fullerton College offers.

Some of the activity stations included “Water Density Through Color” in the North Science Building and “Mentos and Coke” in the quad.

Kindergartners from Anaheim Elementary gather together to take pictures with Buzzy in front of the library. (Bryan Chavez)

“We want to inspire a love of science to the children at an early age,” said Stephanie Tan, outreach coordinator for the BioTechnology program. “So in the future, it’s not daunting to them and they want to actually do science class or maybe pursue a science career.”

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Ciara Gonzalez
Ciara Gonzalez, Staff Reporter
Ciara Gonzalez is an award-winning staff reporter in her second semester at The Hornet. She likes to read, play with her dog Dino, and spend time with her friends and family. Her goals for the future are to get a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and work for a news organization as a reporter.
Bryan Chavez
Bryan Chavez, Staff Reporter
Bryan Chavez is a reporter for The Hornet Newspaper. He has been on The Hornet three semesters. He is a national CMA Pinnacle award winner in best use of Short (sub-3 min) Video for News & Information, in which he received third place. Bryan is also an OEC mens soccer champion with Fullerton College. Bryan enjoys being in the classroom where he gets to learn how to improve his skills. Bryan's end goal is to become a sportscaster or a journalist. Bryan also enjoys playing soccer with his friends and going to the gym.

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